Steve Roach | Empetus

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Empetus

by Steve Roach

30th anniversary edition. This electronic classic is back in print, reissued in digipak with original artwork.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Arrival
4:26 album only
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2. Seeking
5:37 album only
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3. Conquest
6:08 album only
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4. Empowerment
4:02 album only
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5. Twilight Heat
3:16 album only
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6. Merge
6:24 album only
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7. Urge
6:25 album only
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8. Distance Is Near
2:43 album only
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9. The Memory
5:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Roach’s 5th solo album features sophisticated, energetic sequencer music, similar to his earlier Now and Traveler, ending with a haunting, melodic piece, “The Memory,” more akin to his floating ambient work of the period. Empetus‘ full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers.

“Empetus | This may be the most concise Steve Roach album and came at the end of his sequencer phase, his last flame-out on Berlin school electronics. But he was already taking it somewhere new. Unlike Roach’s usual CD long expanses, these are bite-size compositions that do their job, quickly, efficiently and with every moment counting. Roach leaves you breathless in a maze of synchronized spinning patterns only to pick you up and send you whirling again.”
– John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

“American progressive synth classic exhumed for its 30th birthday …cascading, rhythmic synth music that drew lines between the Berlin School and the nascent US new-age sound, and he seldom did it better than he does on Empetus.” – UNCUT MAGAZINE UK (May 2017)

“Empetus is full blown sequencer-based music illustrating a further evolution in the visceral side of Roach’s music. Nine precise pieces that still sound fresh today. A favorite of sequencer music lovers. Released in 1986, this recording of intricately-woven sequencer lines and buzzing synthesizers established Roach as the American answer to the pioneering European electronic masters of the ’70s (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). Alternately thrilling and serene (sometimes within the space of the same track), Empetus‘ waves of energy rest upon labyrinthine patterns of interlocking notes and wildly cascading tonal clusters. Roach varies the moods from piece to piece as well: the bright, piercing electronics of ”Seeking” contrast vividly with the starker, sweeping veils of sequenced notes and arcing waves of ”Empowerment” or the turbo-charged synths that rev through ”Conquest”. It’s all riveting, exciting stuff, and although Roach largely abandoned the style as he moved forward, Empetus remains an important, if largely unsung, statement documenting the course of modern American electronic music.” — Darren Bergstein, Muze

“On Empetus, Roach has created a masterpiece, done purely on synths and sequencers… a rhythmic / melodic tour-de-force of solid, totally compulsive synth music.” — Andy Garibaldi, Lotus, England

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